Summer is here 🌸 Is hay fever a problem for you? 

As the warm weather rolls in, are hay fever symptoms bringing you down? Dry, itchy, or watery eyes can be a real pain, right? Here at John Rose Eye Care in Kingston Upon Thames we have several solutions to help you feel better!

At our practice, we offer a range of effective eye drops (without preservatives) and sprays specifically designed to relieve those irritating symptoms. Our selection includes the latest and most efficient treatments including PurifEyes spray, HydraMed eye drops and many other to ensure you get the relief you need quickly.

But if you prefer the convenience of home delivery, you can now order our optometrist-selected products, free of any harmful ingredients, straight to your door from the Dry Eye Zone. Simply click here to find the right product for you and use the code JRKT1 for an exclusive 10% discount.

Don’t let hay fever ruin your day. It’s essential to recognise that some symptoms you attribute to hay fever might actually be signs of dry eye disease. Dry eye can cause similar discomfort, such as dryness, itchiness and excessive tearing – see list of symptoms below.

If you think you might have dry eye symptoms in addition to your usual hay fever, take a moment to read more below. Understanding the difference between hay fever and dry eye disease can make a significant impact on how you treat your eyes and ensure you feel your best all summer long!

Explore our resources, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need personalised advice. Your comfort and eye health are our top priorities!


Here is a list of common symptoms associated with dry eye disease:

  1. Dryness: A persistent feeling of dryness in the eyes.
  2. Itching: Itchy eyes, often accompanied by a burning sensation.
  3. Redness: Eyes that appear red or bloodshot.
  4. Watering: Excessive tearing or watery eyes, which can be a reflex response to dryness.
  5. Grittiness: A sensation of having sand or grit in the eyes.
  6. Blurred Vision: Intermittent blurry vision, especially after prolonged visual tasks.
  7. Light Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to light, also known as photophobia.
  8. Eye Fatigue: Eyes that feel tired or fatigued, particularly after reading, using a computer, or watching TV.
  9. Mucus Discharge: Stringy mucus in or around the eyes.
  10. Difficulty Wearing Contact Lenses: Discomfort or difficulty wearing contact lenses due to dryness.
  11. Stinging or Burning: A stinging or burning sensation in the eyes.
  12. Foreign Body Sensation: Feeling like there is something in your eye, even when there isn’t.
  13. Heavy Eyes: A sensation of heaviness or a feeling of having tired eyes.
  14. Difficulty with Night Driving: Trouble seeing clearly while driving at night.

If you experience several of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to consult with an eye care professional for a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment. Book an appointment online